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Council Offers
To Pay $20,000
For Bridge Site
Alexandria Authorizes
Condemnation Action
If Sum Is Rejected
First steps toward acquisition ol
land in Alexandria for approaches
to the proposed bridge joining that
city with Shepherds Landing ir
Washington were taken last night
Alexandria City Manager Carl
Budwesky was authorized by a
unanimous vote of the Alexandria
City Council at a special session Iasi
night to offer $20,000 for purchase ol
26 lots in the Westover area, needed
in part for the bridge approach. II
this offer is not accepted by Morris
Cafritz, owner of the property, the
Council authorized institution /ot
condemnation proceedings.
Nine of the 26 lots sought would
be used for playground purposes
Mr. Budwesky explained after the
■ meeting. The balance, he said, would
be needed as part of the approach
to the proposed bridge estimated
originally to cost $9,000,000. He
pointed out this was the first actior
on the part of Alexandria to pur
chase land needed in connection
with the hrirtoe
Offered for $23,400.
Land on the other side of tht
Potomac, at Shepherds Landing al
ready! has been purchased for ap
proaches at that end of the bridge
the city manager said. Financing ol
the bridge is to be undertaken bj
- the Federal Government and the
District, because the District bound
ary extends to the high water mark
of the Potomac on the Virginia side
Mr. Budwesky pointed out.
The $20,000 offer was authorizec
by the council after Mr. Budweskj
, explained that Mr. Cafritz had re
duced his original offer of $1,000 pel
lot to $900 per lot. At this rate, thi
area would cost the city $23,400.
Three-fold action against the Vir
ginia Electric & Power Co. becausi
of heavy ashes expelled from thi
smokestacks of its Alexandria plan
was suggested after >Mr. Budweskj
said he had been told there was an
other delay in the receipt by thi
company of machinery designed t<
eliminate the ashes.
Injunction Proposed.
The already threatened crimina
action by the city against Vepco foi
violation of the smoke ordinanci
was reiterated by City Attornej
Joseph M. Pancoast. In addition
it was brought out residents neai
the plant are considering filing in
dividual damage suits against thi
company. A third course of actior
suggested was to petition the Alex
andria Corporation Court to selec
a special grand jury that could de
clare the plant a public nuisanci
and enjoin the company from it
present method of operation.
The company has informed thi
city on a number of occasions tha
mechanical precipitators needed t<
halt the undesirable flow of heavj
ashes from the five boilers at it
waterfront plant are scheduled foi
shipment. Latest word from thi
plant is that the precipitators wil
be ready for shipment to the com
pany some time in August, Mr. Bud
wesky said.
OevlioA TnVin C A A win ,
granted an opportunity to explait
to the councilmen why he does no
customarily wear a uniform. Thi
council decreed last month that
after September 1, the police chie
and fire chief must wear uniform:
at least eight hours during the day
The council granted an opportunity
for a hearing to Chief Arnold, afte:
Councilman George K, Bender saic
the police chief had asked him t<
request a time for a hearing.
Informal Hearing Called
On Riverdale Zoning Plan
The zoning plan for the River
dale portion of the Maryland-Wash
ington regional district will be pre
sented at an informal public hear
ing In the Riverdale Town Hall a
8 p.m. tomorrow, it was announcei
today by Irwin I. Main, chairmai
of the Maryland-National Capita
Park and Planning Commission.
The meeting is co-sponsored by
the Mayor and council of River
dale and the Park and Planninj
Commission. It has been arrangec
by Mayor Harry A. L. Barker o
Riverdale and Herbert W. Wells
member of the commission.
In addition ^o Mr. Main and Mr
Wells, the commission will be repre
sented by Robert M. Watkins, thi
third Prince Georges member of thi
commisison, and by Fred W
Tuemmler. director of planning
The meeting is to give residents o
the Riverdale area opportunity t(
study zoning proposals before for
mal public hearings are held on thi
zoning plan.
Four Hurt as Auto Leaves
Lee Highway, Hits Tree
Pour Washington residents were
Injured when an automobile left Lee
Highway and crashed into a tree ir
Fairfax County yesterday.
County police said the crash oc
curred on a straight section of the
four-lane, divided highway neai
Horace M. Cross, 62. of 933 G
street S.W.. said by police to have
been the driver, received fracture.'
of both legs. Mrs. Annie B. Cross
59. received cuts on the face, arms
and hands; Robert A. Cross. 15
cuts on the face, and Jack Cross. 4
cuts on the head and hands. The
Fairfax Fire Department ambulance
carried them to Arlington Hospita:
where all were admitted.
Police said the driver told them
his stering gear locked.
War Department Denies
Patterson Has Resigned
Secretary of War Patterson has
not submitted his resignation to the
White House, the War Department
announced officially today in deny
ing reports printed in the New York
Times that his resignation was on
the President's desk to become ef
fective as soon ns Congress enacts
the armed forces unification bill.
The War Department did not
Indicate in its statement, howrever,
that Mr. Patterson does not con
template retiring when unification
becomes effective.
'Don't Buy Meat'
Drive Planned
Here for Week
A ‘‘Don’t Buy Meat Week" will be
launched here Friday by the Wash
ington Committee for Consumer
Protection which announced today
it hoped to get Congress td investi
gate high meat prices.
Mrs. Sarah Newman, committee
: chairman, said her group had en
listed the aid of several national
labor, veteran and consumer organ
i izations in order to initiate consumer
i action in other cities.
She said the committee would
solicit signatures on a petition call-1
ing for a congressional investiga-!
tion ‘‘in order to place responsibility
for the manipulation of prices and
j supplies which has resulted in
i scarcities and high prices.”
Mrs. Newman declared in a state
! ment:
‘‘In June, when meat prices sud
denly increased 10 to 20 cents a
pound, the committee requested
President Truman to take immediate
steps to control unjustified sky
rocketing of meat prices. At that
time it seemed apparent that ma
nipulation of supplies by speculators
was causing the price rise. • • * In
view of more recent developments,
however, the committee has con
cluded that only a congressional in
vestigation will air the full facts.”
New Plank Evidence
Disproves Martin's
Alibi, Police Say
New evidence picked up at the
house where Norman Le Roy
Plank was shot to death July 6 will
disprove Alvah B. Martins’ alibi,
Fairfax County Police Chief Carl
McIntosh said today.
Martin, 28-year-old dishonorably
discharged Army deserter, who is
held for investigation of murder,
. has given conflicting stories of his
, movements' after he was "picked
up’’ in Lafayette Park by the Dis
trict Small Claims Court clerk.
The prisoner’s latest version is
' that he spent all day July 5 drink
ing with Plank in the latter’s home
in Chesterbrook Woods near Falls
Church and then took the car of
, Plank’s sister, Mrs. Nell H. Burrer,
, who was away at the time, and
drove to Washington and Philadel
| phia the same night. Officials have
; established the time of Plank's death
as about 24 hours later.
Vague in Names and Places.
Mr. McIntosh w'ould not tell re
porters the nature of the “important
new evidence,” but declared "we
now know Martin lied.”
tip until now Chief McIntosh
and Lt. Henry McGarity have ex
pressed the belief that Martin was
confused and was making an honest
attempt to aid police in reconstruct
ing events." Martin has been vague
in identifying names and places
figuring in most portions of hi* alibi,
police said.
Martin today added a new detail
to the series of events he said took
‘ place before Plank’s death. He^iold
reporters he would ask police to like
him to Washington and he would
lead them to a bar visited in a
party of about six people.
“I could take them right to the
place where I stayed until 12
o’clock” (midnight, July 5), he said.
FBI Checking New Evidence,
He said he could not remember
the names of any one in his party,
but believed the bartender 'would
remember him. Martin contended
“I can’t get my mind quite to
gether” because of “dope” he said
was given him by Kingston «N. Y.)
police at the time of his arrest
i Chief McIntosh expressed the be
, lief that Martin would never con
i fess his full part in the events lead
! ing up to the shooting and said
1 police have stopped questioning the
prisoner. The police chief said the
FBI is testing the new evidence and
results would be known some time
Lt. McGarity, meanwhile, was in
. Washington working on the case. He
. expressed doubt he would find either
. the small hotel on G street N.W. or
► a woman Martin claims to have
I visited there the night of July 5
i before driving to Philadelphia.
D. C. Firms, State Aide
; Confer on Use Tax
’ About 50 representatives of Wash
ington business Anns yesterday con
■ suited Walter E. Kennedy, chief of
| the Detail Sales Tax Division, Mary
1 land controller’s office, in an at
tempt to clarify their liability under
that State's new use tax law. .
Mr. Kennedy will return to the
Washington Board of Trade offices
' in The Star Building next Tuesday
to answer inquiries from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
The tax official yesterday answered
specific questions meeting particu
lar problems but generally empha
sized that merchants with branch
stores in Maryland, or those making
deliveries there with their own or
partly their own trucks, are con
sidered as “doing business’ in the
Free State and are liable for the
collection of the State's use tax.
Meanwhile, James J. Lacy, State
controller, said 38.272 licenses to
collect the sales and use taxes have
been issued by his office since the
law became operative July 1. He
said 430 licenses have been issued to
out-of-State dealers to collect the
use tax and among State licenses
issued for the sales tax collection
were 1,029 for Montgomery County
and 1,090 for Prince Georges County.
Van Arkel WiH Speak
At C. U. Forum on Labor
Gerhard van Arkel, former gen
eral counsel of the National Labor
Relations Board, will speak on “The
Place of Government in Labor Re
lations” at the third session of Cath
olic University's labor relations
forum at McMahon Hall at 7:30 to
Rev. William J. Gordon. O. S. A„
is directing the forum as one of the
features of the summer session at j
the university.
Legion Delegates Named
Delegates to the Virginia American
i Legion convention in Richmond next
month were elected last night by
the Gen. Billy Mitchell Post No. 85.
Arlington. They are: Jesse L. Ward.
jr„ post commander; J. K. Brewer,
L. P. Daniels and Earle Gilkey. <
Only 15 Accept
Rent Boost in
Nearby Area
No Leases Reported
For Big Apartments
In Maryland Counties
Only 15 tenant* In nearby Mary
land have signed leases agreeing to
rent increases since July 1, records
showed today.
W. L. Thompson, area rent control
representative for Montgomery and
Prince Georges Conties said, the
leases, copies of which have been
filed in his Silver Spring office, pro
vide for 15 per cent increases.
Under the new rent control law,
tenants may enter into voluntary
agreements with their landlords for
rent increases up to 15 per cent in
leases expiring December 31, 1948.
Large Apartments Not Affected
\/Tv- TViAmneAn cold lrirtiin llir all
of the leases were for small apart
ments and private homes in Mont
gomery County. He added that he
had received no copies of leases con
taining rent increases for large
apartment units in the two counties.
The law specifies that the leases be
filed within 15 days after they are
executed, he said.
Tenants may appeal from a deci
sion granting a 9»i per cent rent
increase on 53 apartment units in
Pelham Courts, 2115 P street N.W.,
it was said today, as reports of new
rent increase plans and protests in
suburban areas were received.
Edward R. Haigler, attorney for
a group of Pelham Courts tenants,
said a meeting of the group would
be held to decide whether to appeal
from the decision of Robert F. Cogs
well, District rent control adminis
trator, allowing increases totaling
$3,060 a year to Mrs. Allene Barrett,
Mrs. Barrett had sought boosts
totaling $4,830 to cover increased op
erating and maintenance costs and
higher taxes.
Kaywood Gardens Increase Sought.
Meanwhile, management of Kay
wood Gardens, 4101 Kaywood place.
Mount Rainier, Md., has offered
tenants leases extending through
December 31, 1948, providing a 10
per cent rent increase.
Deadline for signing the leases is
August 1.
In a letter signed by Harold
Greenberg, the management said
"there is undoubtedly considerable
possibility that rent control will be
entirely abolished when the present
law expires. If that should happen,
and you do not have a lease the
landlord would have the right to
charge whatever rent he desires.”
David Carliner, a war veteran and
attorney who has been recommended
by Fillmore Gardens tenants as a
candidate for the Virginia Hlent Ad
visory Board provided for under the
new rent act, will address the Silver
Spring Tenants' Association at 8 p.m.
tomorrow in the Liquor Dispensary
Building, Colesville road, off Georgia
avenue, in Silver Spring.
He will discuss tenants’ rights un
der the new rent law.
Joseph McCaffrey, radio news
commentator, will speak before Fill
more Gardens tenants in the Pat
rick Henry School at 8 p.m. Monday.
r__ _i_i Ail* ■ l
LA-mmyidna v/muai
Indicted in Tax Case
(From Yesterday’s Last Edition.)
By the Associated Press
BALTIMORE, July 15.—A Fed
eral grand jury today indicted At
torney Charles T. Le Viness III, 45,
' on charges he filed "false and fraud
ulent” income tax returns at the
time he held posts in the adminis
tration of former Gov. O’Conor.
The two-count indictment charged
that he evaded $9,497 in income
taxes .for the calendar years 1943
and 1944.
In 1943, when he was chairman
of the State Board of Correction
and head of the State’s penal sys
tem, the indictment said Mr. Le
Viness reported an income of $9,468
and paid a tax of $2,025, when he
in reality had a net income of
$20,188 and should have paid $6,750.
In 1944, when he was * general
counsel of the State Public Service
Commission, the indictment said
he reported $9,345 in income and
paid $2,028 in taxes when he should
have reported a net income of
$20,028 and paid $6,800 in taxes.
From 1934 through 1939 Mr. Le
Viness was an assistant attorney
general of Maryland. For a time he
was head of the Baltimore Better
Business Bureau.
In a prepared statement, Mr.
Le Viness said, "I specifically deny
each and every charge, that any tax
money was willfully withheld from
the Government. * * *
"i long ago reported voluntarily
to the Government that during 1943
and 1944 certain legal fees earned
by me were inadvertently omitted
from the tax returns, due largely
to various changes in partnership
relations between me and certain
former partners.”
H^.LIhh Ualavr Inrlallail
r m r\my i ivivij mjimivw
In Clarendon and Rosslyn
Parking meters were scheduled to
start operating in Clarendon and
Rosslyn this morning, according to
Arlington County police.
The newly installed meters, about
236 in number, will allow one hour
parking for a nickel. The usual fine
for a parking violation in Arling
ton County is $2, according to police.
It was pointed out that unlike
other parking meters in the District
area, only a nickel can be inserted
in the Arlington meters. Some
meters in nearby areas provide for
the insertion of pennies for parking
periods of less than an hour.
Police said that another nickel can
be inserted at the end of an hour
without moving the car.
Attorney and Son, Hurt
In Boat Blast, Improving
Attorney H. Winship Wheatley, 65,
and his son Albert, 34, both of whom
were seriously burned when their
cabin cruiser exploded Monday
night, showed slight improvement
last night. Emergency Hospital of
ficials said today.
The condition of both men was
described as satisfactory.
Two Brothers Killed
When Cargo Plane
Crashes in Virginia
Special Dispatch to Tho Star
LURAY, Va., July 16.—Two Meri
den <Conn.) brothers, one a former
Marine Corps dive-bomber pilot,
were killed yesterday when their
small plane crashed at Panorama,
: Va„ the point where Lee Highway
' crosses the Skyland drive, about
. 9 miles east of here.
The men, both burned beyond
recognition, where Francis Watrous,
31, the former Marine pilot, and
Arthur H. Watrous. 25. They were
en route from Meriden to Clarks
burg, W. Va., with a cargo of baby
chicks, some of which survived.
A Civil Aeronautics Board official
in Washington said it appeared that
the pilot was trying to follow Lee
highway through the pass while the
mountain pass was hidden by a
heavy overcast. The plane, a single
engined type, was a C-64.
The craft struck ‘a telephone pole
and crashed in flames, partially on
the highway. Electric service in the
area was disrupted by the crash.
According to Byron J. Harrill
Washington Attorney, an uncle, whc
lives at 211 North Oakland street,
Arlington, the men were the sons of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Watrous oi
Meriden. He said they were over
seas veterans and had been in the
| air freight business since February.
Francis is survived by his widow1.
There also are two other brothers
I and a sister.
j In addition to the attorney, other
uncles here are Delbert J. Harrill,
; 3237 North Rockingham drive, East
j Falls Church; E. Reece Harrill, 6234
Lee highway, Arlington; J. E. Har
rill, 4017 Chesapeake street N.W.,
1 and Cleveland Harrill, 2200 Nine
j teenth street N.W.
Bodies of the victims were taken
j to a Luray funeral home.
Nelson Appeal Dismissed
In Virginia Bank Charges
ly the Auociottd Prtu
RICHMOND, Va., July 16.—The
appeal of D. E. Nelson, Roanoke real
estate dealer, from his conviction in
Federal District Court here on
charges of aiding in the misapplica
tion of funds from a Fredericksburg
bank.'-was ordered dismissed yester
The dismissal was effected through
a stipulation signed by Nelson's at
torney, W. R. Ashburn of Norfolk,
land Assistant United States Attor
ney George R. Humrickhouse, who
| had presented the Government’s
case against Nelson and eight other
defendants in an eight-week trial
here this spring.
In agreeing to the dismissal, Nel
son became the first of the nine
defendants to submit to the jSunitive
sentences imposed by Judge J,
Waties Waring.
(Paul Karsten, Jr., former vice
president of the Farmers and Mer
chants State Bank of Fredericks
burg, was placqj on probation for
one year immediately after his con
viction in the case.)
Nelson, still free on $5,000 bond,
now has the option of paying $2,000
fine or serving three months’ im
Warrenton Boy Honored
WARRENTON, Va., July 16 (Spe
cial) .—Thomas Frost, jr„ of Warren
ton, is among 60 farm boys chosen to
attend the annual forestry training
camp July 28-August 2 in the
Buckingham-Appomattox State For
est, it was announced today.
Mocking Bird h
As Water Gate
The 77th member of the National
Symphony’s summer orchestra pre
fers the bushes to the Water Gate
barge, but hp never misses a per
The orchestra is bigger in winter,
but this musician shuns Constitu
tion Hall. Not for him are the four
great walls, the decorous audience,
the dinner jackets.
He prefers the cool breeze that
blows from the river, the open
throated music lovers, the casual
good humor of the Sunset Sym
The 77th member is & mooting
Rumors of his prodigious voice
his range, his vibrato have been cir
culating all summer. Yesterday, s
photographer tried to entice him
into the open—aided by a friendly
piccolo player and the symphony’s
first flutist.
Joins In Symphony.
It soon developed that this was
a musician with temperament. The
flutist tried “Listen to the Mocking
Bird.” The piccolo player gave a
few tentative toots. A rustle from
the bushes was the only answer.
Then they swung into a fragment
of symphony. Immediately, th«
duet developed into a trio. The
bird trilled, tweeted and chirped
The music stopped, but the birc
continued for a tentative bar 01
“He can’t count the bars.” ex
plained Howard Mitchell, the as
sociate conductor.
| That*! how the musicians know
their ex-offlcio member has gotten
into the act. They can't hear him
over their own music, but when
they pause between bars the trill
of the mocking bird keeps right
on trilling.
"If he’d only learned the scores,’
grinned Mr. Mitchell, “He’d be with
us. He attends enough rehearsals.’
Obviously Cultured.
This is a bird of regular habits
and an obviously cultured back
Eddie Norris, lonj-time box office
maestro insists the bird is Waiting
School Project Slte'Owners
To Meet Alexandria Council
Owners of property sought for
school sites in Alexandria will meet
with the School Site Committee of
the City Council tonight and tomor
row night in an effort to reach
agreements on purchase prices of
their property.
City Councilman R. Samuel
Luckett of the School Site Commit
tee said the property owners had
requested a chance to be heard after
receiving offers from the city to
purchase their land' for school sites.
The $3,000,000 school-building pro
gram in Alexandria has waited on
acquisition of sites for about a year.
Although the property is needed
for sites for three schools, 10 sep
arate pieces of property are in
volved, it was brought out.
A special committee of the City
Council was authorized to bid on
the property at a recent council
session. The School Site Commit
tee was formed after Parent-Teach
er Association spokesmen attacked
what they termed lack of action on
the part of the city toward pur
chase of the sites.
W. and M. Approves ROTC
—Approval of a reserve officers’
training corps program to be estab
lished at the College of William and
Mary was given yesterday by the
college faculty.
Please Phone Your Sunday
Classified Ads Early in the Week
The Saturday rush for Sunday classified advertising has
become so great that our telephone facilities have been over
taxed. This rush is a result of many customers phoning ads
at the last minute before the Saturday deadline.
To avoid the annoyance of a repeated "busy” signal, we
urge our customers to phone their Sunday ads any time
Monday through Friday—from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In
this way your ad will be handled promptly and efficiently
with the minimum of inconvenience. Save Saturday for
those who cannot place their ads earlier. We appreciate your
co-operation in this effort to provide you, our customers, with
better service.
MUSICIANS ALL—Howard Mitchell (right) conducts as James Arcaro plays his piccolo and Wal
lace Mann his flute in an effort to entice the National Symphony’s favorite mocking bird from
the bushes beside the Water Gate. Finally, the bird joins in song from his private bandstand
atop a lamp post behind the Lincoln Memorial. —Star Staff Photo.
jins Orchestra
Singing Star
for him when he opens the Water
Gate box office of a Sunday after
noon. The bird hangs around the
box office giving out with an oc
casional run.
Mr. Norris says the customers
listen to the bird and then buy
tickets. A barker, he says, could
do no better.
As concert time drew near and
the musicians tuned up, the bird
deserts Mr. Norris and flies into the
bushes nearest the Water Gate
steps. He lets out a tentative
chirp or two until the overture.
Then, if it’s to his liking, he gets
down to business.
First Flutist Wallace Mann, who
has given considerable thought to
his competition on the shore, says
the bird is more interested in melody
than in rhythm.
Yesterday, for instance, when he
was fluttering and chirping during
rehearsal with the photographer in
; hot pursuit, he maintained a cold
silence during Morton Gould’s
rhythmic “Guaracha:” But when
the orchestra broke into Lizst's
“Hungarian Dance No. 5,” the bird
didn’t miss a note.
Big Moment Arrives.
His big moment came the other
night, though, when the orchestra
performed "Peter and the Wolf,”
with the flute imitating the bird of
the fairy tale. The mocking bird
imitated the flute imitating the bird.
; “Sometimes.” said James Arcaro,
the piccolo player, “it sounds as
: though he’s calling to us. He wants
1 to hear more tones he can imitate.”
I Since this was obvious propaganda
for the flutists and the piccolos, the
other musicians let it pass.
Although the bird sometimes has
been seen strutting across the grass
at intermission, he has ventured
onto the barge only once. That was
when Dorothy Maynor, the famous
colored soprano, was soloist. Not
being able to contain himself, the
bird perched on a flagpole above the
barge and accompanied Miss Maynor
throughout her performance.
Miss Maynor said she was sur
prised but pleased.
Montgomery Begins
Reassessing Bethesda
Residential Property
Reassessment of residential prop
erty has begun in the Bethesda
area as the first step in reassessing
similar property in the suburban
area of Montgomery County, Super
visor of Assessments Wilton T. Allen
announced today.
The work is being done by 10 as
sessors. It will be completed by Ma>
1, 1948, and the new assessments wili
be placed on the books for the fisca!
year beginning July 1, 1948.
Approximately 40,000 pieces oi
property will be reassessed in the
Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Silvei
Spring, Kensington and Takoms
"Takoma Park areas' and parts of the
Rockville, Potomac and Colesvilli
New Plan in Effect.
Mr. Allen explained this is thi
first time that residential property
has been reassessed under a plat
now being used throughout th<
State. Previously, reassessment
were made by a temporary force o:
assessors appointed to assess the en
tire county in one year.
Under the new plan, however
one-fifth of the county is assessec
each year by a permanent staff o:
According to Mr. Allen, the resi
dential reassessment “is expected tc
erase all inequities and place like
properties on the same value basis.’
To accomplish this, he added, it wil
be necessary to raise the valuations
of some properties and reduce oth
Nonresidential Check Finished.
For assessment purposes, repro
duction costs based on the 1940-1
period will be used “with deprecia
tion and obsolescence credited tc
arrive at the final figure,” Mr. Aller
He said further information maj
be obtained by calling the assess
ment office, Rockville 2121.
The assessment pffice has just
completed the reassessment of com
mercial, industrial and apartment
house projects in the suburban area
As a result, the valuations of the
projects were increased from $19,
000,000 to about $33,000,000, Mr
Allen said.
Ml I I II 111 I
Kicnmona nan 10 neaa
Spanish War Veterans
By the Associated Press
ROANOKE, Va„ July 16.—T. J
Cousins, of Richmond, was electee
commander of the Department o
Virginia, United Spanish War Vet
erans. yesterday in the final sessiot
of a two-day encampment here. Hi
succeeds Clyde George, of Ports
Mrs. Ruth B. Davis, of Charlottes
ville. was elected to succeed Mrs
Myrtle Wymer, of Staunton, a
president of the women's auxiliary.
The next convention will be heli
in Portsmouth. Approximately 20C
including members of the auxiliary
attended this year's convention.
Other department officers electei
were T. T. Cook, of Windhestei
senior vice commander, and H. 1
Reid, of Norfolk, junior vice com
mander. Mr. Cousins will appoin
additional officers later. M. E. Bris
tow, of Richmond, was indorsed b:
the department as a candidate fo
junior vice commander in chief o
the national organization.
Maryland Public Works
Offices Open in Baltimore
By th« A«»«iot»d Prui
BALTIMORE, July 16 —Offices o
the new State Department of Pub
lie Improvements were opened her
yesterday at East Lexington street
Both the department and the pos
| of chief engineer were establish^
under an act of the 1947 Genera
Assembly, which assigned a first
year budget of $39,240.
Former Secretary of State Johi
B. Funk was named chief enginee
at a salary of $8,000 annually.
Mr. Funk and members of his de
partment will supervise for th
Board of Public Works all plans am
contracts for buildings to be con
structed by State agencies and pre
pare a code for public buildings fo
submission to the 1951 Legislature
Showers Forecast Today,
Tonight and Tomorrow
The legend that rain on St.
Swithin’s day will be followed b>
39 more rainy days may be borne
out—at least for the next few days.
The Weather Bureau registered
.02 of an inch of moisture yesterday,
the saint's day. Although the bu
reau confined its forecasting to the
weather map as usual, it predicted
there would be showers today, tor
night and tomorrow, and that there
were no immediate prospects for any
drastic change in the weather.
Last year it rained on St. Swithin's
day—.07 of an inch. It also rained
on August 23, last of the traditional
40-day stretch, and on 17 days in
between for a total fall of 6.70 inches.
St. Swithin was a 9th century
English prelate who was canonized
a century after his death. On the
day his remains were to have been
removed from Winchester church
yard to the interior of the cathedral,
it rained. It was 40 days before the
rain stopped and the removal took
Annapolis Play Unit Delay
Explained to Teen-Agers
By the Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, July 16.—Annapolis
youths who have been asking city
authorities for improved recreational
facilities marched to city hall
Monday night, but found they may
have to wait five years before their
favorite project materializes.
John B. Smith, one of the 25
teen-agers who bombarded the city
council with questions, said they
wanted the present USO building—
which the city helped finance—as a
recreation center.
Mayor William U. McCready and
Counselor George B. Woefel told
them the Federal Government has a
lease on the building until 1952.
Mr. McCready and other council
men disclosed the Government lease
may be dropped at the end of this
year, however, and that the city
always had planned eventually to
use the quarter* aa a community
School Program
Funds Approved
In Montgomery
Board to Ask Bids
On Work Estimated
At $2,810,000
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+. v. AiUimun
The Montgomery County Board
of Education today prepared to ask
for bids on a comprehensive school
equipment ana construction pro
gram estimated to cost $2,810,000,
with an additional $190,000 to be
spent for land acquisition.
The board was authorized to take
such action in a resolution adopted
yesterday by the county commis
sioners at their meeting in Rock
- The commissioners said that after
they and the Board of Education
approve the bids, the county heads
will issue the necessary bonds.
In a letter to the county com
missioners April 30, Dr. Edwin W.
Broome, superintendent of schools,
estimated the cost of such a pro
gram at $2,675,000. He increased
the figures to $3,000,000, including
the purchase of school sites, in a
revised program given reporters yes
terday. ' '
Estimates Outlined.
Estimates of the costs at tha
various schools are:
Furniture and equipment at
Gaithersburg. Lynnbrook. Pina
Crest, Woodlln. Kensington-Wheat
on and Montgomery Hills Junior
High, $62,000; Poolesville, $1,000;
Rockville Elementary, $18,000; Coles
ville, $38,000; Fairland, $1,000.
Alta Vista, $30,000: Westbrook,
$225,000; Bradley, $50,000; Sher
wood. $60,000; Potomac, $80,000;
Damascus High, $400,000: Kensing
ton Elementary, $180,000; Glen- *
mont, $60,000; North Four Corners,
The first section of a new school
on Flower avenue, $180,000; Mont
gomery Blair High, $100,000; Mont
gomery Hills, assembly and gym
nasium building. $140,000; Takoma
Junior High, $180,000; Bethesda
Chevy Chase High, $100,000: Park
side, $18,000; Gaithersburg. $30,000;
colored schools. $517,000, and mod
ernization of all schools, $350,000.
Land Costs Listed.
For land purchase, Dr. Broome
estimated the following amounts are
East-West highway, Bladensburg
road below North Four Corners and
in the area near the Army Map
Service Building, $10,000: sites for
a junior high school in the Massa
chusetts avenue area, a junior high
school building adjoining the Brad
ley Elementary School and an ele
mentary school on Flower avenue,
In another action, the county
commissioners increased the sal
aries of Supervisor of Assessments
.Wilton T. Aile|i.and Roads Super
ijvisor J. O. Harvey from $4,250 to
$5,000 a year each.
| They also offered to pay the
i county’s share of a survey by Ezra
, B. Whitman, Baltimore engineer, of
the sewage needs of the area sur
rounding Rockville. Mr. Whitman
, | said the cost to the county would
; be about $1,000.
Protest Considered.
A protest by R. Bates Warren
against the commissioners’ rejection
, of his petition to rezone for com
mercial use a tract of land in Brad
ley Hills Grove. Bethesda. was taken
under advisement.
After Mr. Warren asked the
board to reconsider its decision. F.
Barnard Welsh, attorney to the
commissioners, said:
‘‘If we start a policy of reviewing
zoning decisions, the result would
be rehearings and no zoning ac
Mr. Warren argued that the ap
plication should have been ap
proved since there was no opposi
tion at a hearing.
The board also heard a protest by
J. A. Watson against its action in
denying his petition to rezone the
30-acre Watson-Rose property be
tween Dale drive and Sligo Creek
parkway, Silver Spring, for apart
ment house use.
Reapplication Suggested.
Declaring he was “dumbfounded'1
by the board's decision, Mr. Watson
charged that many of the property
owners in the area opposed the pe
tition on “false information.” He
added that many of trtem have
since indicated their approval of it.
Brooke Johns, chairman, suggested
that Mr. Watson reapply in 90 days.
The board deferred action on a
request by J. Bond Smith, attorney
to the Maryland-National Capital
Park and Planning Commission, to
adopt a resolution guaranteeing pay
ment of $300,000 in bonds issued by
the commission.
The bonds were Issued to pay off
money borrowed last year from the
Suburban National Bank, Silver
Spring, and the Farmers Bank ft
Trust Co.. Rockville, to buy the for
mer Argyle Club, the former Bullis
and the former Nolte tracts adjacent
to Sligo Park. Silver Spring, accord
ing to Mr. Smith.
I Inquiry Promised.
’ Mr. Welsh said he would deter
' mine whether the commissioners
. are legally bound to take such ac
‘ tion. If they are, he said, they will
■ adopt a resolution Tuesday.
The board ordered the closing of
" Baltimore avenue between Fenton
- street and Ellsworth drive. Silver
’ Spring, to permit the use of adjacent
' land as a public parking lot.
■ The action was taken after George
' E. Keneipp, Washington traffic di
rector, who had made a survey of
the area at the request of the com
missioners, recommended that the
street be closed. It is diagonally op
posite the new Hecht Co. Building.
Petersen to Take Post
As Trust Firm Official
| Howard C. Petersen, whose resig
nation as Assistant Secretary of
War becomes effective July 31. has
j been appointed executive vice presi
dent of the Pldelity-Philadelphia
Trust Co., it was announced today.
Mrs. Petersen and their two chil
dren. Betsy, 10. and Howard. jr„ 4.
are leaving Washington ■ tomorrow
for Bermuda, where they will be
joined bv Mr. Petersen during the
earlv part of August. They will
arrive in Philadelphia In time for
Mr. Petersen to assume his new post
September 22.
They have been living at 37H
. Thirty-fourth place N.W.

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